Corra Foundation is delighted that Luke McCullough has been appointed as its new Chair and Jude Turbyne as its Deputy Chair.
Luke has served as a Trustee since August 2015 and as Deputy Chair since March 2018. As well as his experience and the immense contribution he has made to Corra, Luke shares Corra’s strong values and commitment to working to strengthen and amplify people’s voices and their power to make change.
On becoming Chair, Luke said:
“It’s a real privilege to become Chair of Corra Foundation, particularly as we embark on our new ten-year strategy. The world has changed dramatically since the strategy was launched in early March, but its themes of voice, power and change driven by communities are more relevant than ever.
The response by communities and charities in recent months has been breath taking. For many people, these efforts have meant having access to food and other essential supplies, school and digital resources, and perhaps most importantly social contact. At Corra, we’re committed to getting alongside communities and organisations however we can to support their work.
We’ll continue to do this as people begin to think about what comes next, and will do whatever we can to make sure conversations about ‘building back better’ are shaped by those most impacted by the pandemic, and by the inequalities it has exacerbated.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to Trevor Civval, who has been a Trustee of Corra since 2014 and Chair since 2017. Trevor has brought a great deal of wisdom, skill and dedication to the role and has been a great source of support to the whole Corra team.”
“It has been a pleasure to serve as Chair of Corra, particularly over a period that has seen us evolve radically, whilst remaining anchored in our values and mission. I look forward to seeing Corra continue to develop and I wish Luke and the whole team well as they embark on the new ten-year strategy.”
Jude Turbyne has been a Corra Trustee since 2018, bringing a wealth of experience from her work in the charity sector, currently with OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) and before that in international development.
“I see in my ‘day job’ the immense impact that the charity sector makes, never more so than in recent weeks and months. It’s an honour to be appointed Deputy Chair of Corra, particularly as we focus on supporting people to be heard, and power to shift so that communities shape the changes that matter to them.”
As well as a new Chair, Corra is also delighted to welcome three new Trustees: Christine McLaughlin, Michaela Collins and Mildred Zimunya.
Christine McLaughlin described what made her want to become a Trustee at Corra:
“I’m really pleased to be appointed as a Trustee of such a forward looking organisation, which makes a real difference to people’s lives every day and works so hard to hear and respond to many different voices that need to be heard.”
Michaela reflected on Corra’s role at such an important time for communities:
“In the midst of the COVID19 crisis, communities across Scotland have come together to help and support one another demonstrating the values of love, compassion and empathy.
Looking ahead – Corra’s role in enabling more people and places to mobilise and lead the change through the recovery of COVID19 has never been more crucial. I am proud to be joining the Corra team and being part of this outstanding contribution towards change in Scotland.”
Mildred commented on how much she looked forward to joining the Corra team:
“I come from a minority background myself, and know the negative impact that exclusion, ignorance, disregard and partiality can have especially in perpetuating poverty. In my life I have experienced the lived reality of the day to day struggles to beat poverty, but also the courage needed to face life against all odds. I’m excited to be joining Corra Foundation as it presents the perfect mix and opportunity to volunteer my time and skills to make a positive difference. I hope my passion of engaging and effectively communicating with affected people for lasting positive change will add value to Corra Foundation’s Mission to work alongside communities.”
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Notes to Editors
- Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.
In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen. You can read the full strategy here: https://www.corra.scot/corra-strategy-2020-2030/
- Corra Foundation has over 35 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £159m through nearly 16,000 grants to charities.
- For more information on Corra foundation, please visit corra.scot
- Trustee biographies
Luke McCullough became a trustee with Corra Foundation in August 2015 and chairs the Communications and Engagement Steering Group. Luke is Senior Policy Adviser and Corporate Affairs Manager at BBC Scotland. Luke has held a number of previous appointments, including Trustee of Northsound Cash for Kids and as patron of the Kincardine and Mearns Special Needs Play Forum. He recently stepped down as Chair of the Royal High School Parent Council. Luke is married with university-aged children, and lives in Edinburgh.
Jude Turbyne became a trustee in 2018. Most of her professional life was spent working in the charity sector, primarily international development. For much of that time she worked in Latin America and the Caribbean with Christian Aid, ultimately managing at regional level. She returned to Scotland to become Head of Engagement with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Judith has studied in Edinburgh and Bath, culminating in a PhD looking at empowerment in development.
Christine McLaughlin Christine’s career is in public finance, most recently as Director of Finance for Health in Scottish Government, where she was responsible for delivering value for the £14 billion annual budget. She has also held a number of senior finance roles within NHS Scotland and in UK management consultancy. Christine is a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy and is also a Carnegie UK Trustee.
Mildred Zimunya is head of operations with CBMUK, working with disabled people in areas of poverty across the world. Mildred brings with her a wealth of experience in working in leadership roles within the Third sector and health and social care. Mildred brings with her vast experience in working alongside marginalised and minority ethnic communities. Mildred is a member of various groups including Scottish Alliance for International Development and Gender Institute Research Advisory Group.
Michaela Collins is Chief Executive of Peek (Possibilities for each and every child) and has over 13 years’ experience in developing, leading and managing community projects with children, young people and families impacted by poverty in Glasgow. Michaela was a UNICEF Flying Scot Ambassador during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and helped to raise over £6million for UNICEF UK. Michaela was recognised as one of YWCA Scotland’s 2019 ‘30 under 30’ – http://www.ywcascotland.org/30-under-30-michaela-collins
- Details, including biographies of all Corra’s Trustees can be found at https://www.corra.scot/meet-corra-foundation/
(The) Corra Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC009481) and is also a company limited by guarantee (No SC096068).